Remembering radicalism on the midlands turnpike
George Eliot, Felix Holt, and William Cobbett
On 1 March 1820, William Cobbett drove up the Coventry to Hinckley turnpike road in a hired post-chaise, past Griff House and then on through the village of Chilvers Coton (where he must have stopped to pay a toll) into Nuneaton.In these same weeks of March 1820, the surveyor and land agent Robert Evans moved his family—complete with his four-month-old daughter Mary Ann (known later as novelist George Eliot)—into Griff House, which overlooks the same turnpike road, travelled several times a day by the long-distance stage and mail coaches from Birmingham and Warwick to Leicester and back. Here the Evans family would remain for the next twenty years.
Livesey, R. (2016)., Remembering radicalism on the midlands turnpike: George Eliot, Felix Holt, and William Cobbett, in J. Bristow & J. Mcdonagh (eds.), Nineteenth-century radical traditions, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 85-112.
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